Brief Summary of the Movements of the
30th Regiment of Indiana Infantry
The Thirtieth Regiment was raised exclusively from the citizens
of the 10th Congressional District comprised of Allen, DeKalb,
Elkhart, Kosciusko, La Grange, and Noble Counties. It was
organized at Fort Wayne in Allen County, using Camp Allen
as a home base. The men were mustered in on the 24th day
of September, 1861, with Colonel Sion
S. Bass as the commanding officer. The regiment as a
whole was mustered into the 19th United States Infantry
on the 29th of September.
The regiment, which consisted of ten companies, left Camp
Allen on the 30th of September for Indianapolis. Leaving
there on the 7th of October, they progressed to Camp Neven
in Kentucky, and on the 9th reported to General Rousseau.
Soon after joining the brigade of General Alexander McCook,
the regiment moved with General Don Carlos Buell's army
to Munfordsville and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Then in March
of 1862 they marched to Nashville, Tennessee.
From Nashville they moved South to Shiloh, Tennessee and
participated in the battle there on the 7th of April. Colonel
Sion Bass was severely wounded during the Battle
of Shiloh. He died several days later at Paducah, only
seven months since his date of commission had passed. Lieutenant
Colonel Joseph B. Dodge was promoted to Colonel. Shiloh,
being the first true battle in which the Thirtieth had actually
fought, took its toll in killed and wounded:
The Thirtieth marched with the army to Corinth, Mississippi
and took part in the siege that occurred there, then moved
on through northern Alabama and Tennessee to Kentucky with
General Buell's forces.